Vancouver Canucks 2016-17 Schedule: Top 5 Notable Games

Apr 9, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; The Vancouver Canucks players celebrate after their game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; The Vancouver Canucks players celebrate after their game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 6, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) and forward Connor McDavid (97) discuss a plan prior to a face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) and forward Connor McDavid (97) discuss a plan prior to a face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

Saturday, April 8th + Sunday, April 9th vs. Edmonton Oilers/@ Edmonton Oilers

Canadian match-up? Check. Divisional rivals? Check. Youth-infused lineups? Again, check. T

he Canucks’ final two games of the season — the final home game and the last regular season game — will come against the Oilers, led by their squad of 8,000 high first-rounders who still haven’t been surrounded with a solid-enough supporting cast to lead the Oilers out of the league’s basement. Hopefully, the Oilers can continue to be disappointing and an improved Canucks club will use the final two games as a positive momentum swing into their playoff return. And, if not, Canucks fans will have to settle for watching the magical play-making unicorn that is Connor McDavid.

Will the Oilers trade away one or two of their star players? They certainly should if they truly want to improve their club.

I have to admit that watching the Canucks’ bigger bodies smack around the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Taylor Halls, and the Jordan Eberles of the world has been consistently amusing in the past. Now with the additions of Gudbranson, Nikita Tryamkin, Andrey Pedan, perhaps even Milan Lucic or another big free agent, it will be even more fun. Once Tryamkin becomes comfortable playing in North America and has a full season under his belt, I’m slightly worried for opposing teams.

Has anyone tried using him in EA Sports’ NHL 15 or 16? Massive hits. Upended bodies all over the place — honestly.

Last Season’s Record vs. Oilers: 2-2-1, 9 GF, 14 GA

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